Justin Nicolino was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2010 MLB draft out of High School in Orlando, Florida. Since this time, he has become one of the organizations top prospects according to Baseball America who ranks Nicolino as the Blue Jays’ fifth best prospect.
Currently in Lansing, Nicolino is 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA in 52.0 innings pitched. I had the opportunity to talk to the young prospect about his development. Here is what he had to say:
What was your reaction being drafted by the Blue Jays? – “It was a great feeling being a high school kid and being able to reach that unbelievable goal.”
Could you describe your pitch repertoire? – “I have a 2-seam fastball, a 4-seam fastball, a slider, and a curveball.”
What are your strengths as a pitcher? – “My fastball is my strength, but my curveball is coming along too”.
Who do you credit for your recent success? – “No one person in particular, but there are many coaches that have helped me along the way and continue to help me get stronger.”
Do you have any goals for the rest of the season? – “To continue to get better as a professional – I never want to settle.”
You had a great year in Vancouver last year how did that prepare you for this year? - “My time in Vancouver definitely helped with my consistency and development.”
You were committed to the University of Virginia when you were drafted by the Blue Jays do you feel you made the right decision? - “After discussing it with my parents, we agreed that starting my career was the right decision. I am much further along today then I would be if I went to college.”